Undrafted NFL Free Agents 2013: Players Entering Perfect Situations to Succeed

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2013

TUCSON, AZ - NOVEMBER 23:  Quarterback Matt Scott #10 of the Arizona Wildcats drops back to pass during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona Stadium on November 23, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Sun Devils defeated the Wildcats 41-34.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Even after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL draft, there are still plenty of talented players available that can help a football team. 

Players like Arian Foster and Tony Romo have proven that you do not necessarily need to be drafted to make a huge impact at the next level. Many times, all you need is an opportunity.

While there are dozens of undrafted free agents with the skill to succeed, not all of them enter into a good situation. However, a few guys have the opportunity to not only get a chance but also thrive with their new team.

Here are some rookie free agents who are entering the perfect situation after being passed over in the NFL draft. 


Matt Scott, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

Many people are looking to Tyler Bray as the undrafted quarterback to succeed. However, Matt Scott is the offensive playmaker to watch at the next level.

The Arizona star only had one full season as a starter after sitting behind Nick Foles on the depth chart, but he has a wide skill set that will translate to the next level. He has good size, is an accurate passer and is very mobile outside the pocket.

In addition, few quarterbacks across the NFL have as much pure athleticism as the young player.

He joins a Jaguars team that got very little production from the position last season as Chad Henne and Blaine Gabbert both struggled. Amazingly, the team decided not to draft a single quarterback to develop for the future.

Jacksonville now has a solid offense line, a good running game and numerous talent receivers. If Scott is given the chance to show what he can do, he could potentially become the starting quarterback for this organization. 


Jasper Collins, WR, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins re-signed Brian Hartline and added Mike Wallace this offseason, but the team could still use a slot receiver to complete the group.

Many thought the team would look toward Tavon Austin to fill that role in the first round, although the organization decided to trade up to draft Dion Jordan instead.

However, Jasper Collins is more than capable of stepping in right away after a very productive year at Mount Union. The receiver finished with 1,694 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns for the Division III national champs, and he is looking to make the same transition that Cecil Shorts and Pierre Garcon made to the NFL.

Collins has very good speed and enough quickness to make people miss in traffic. He is not quite as explosive as Austin, but he is the same type of player that will be a consistent threat over the middle and on quick passes outside.

After sending Davone Bess to the Cleveland Browns, there is plenty an opportunity for Collins to do well right away.


Miguel Maysonet, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Ordinarily, a player out of Stony Brook who joins a team with two established players at the position would not be expected to get a chance to do well. This is the exception.

Chip Kelly wants to bring his offense from Oregon to the NFL, which requires a lot out of his running backs. Last year, four different players totaled over 400 yards for the Ducks.

This means that LeSean McCoy and Bryce Brown might not be enough. The team could use another fast, productive running back like Miguel Maysonet.

Last season, Maysonet rushed for almost 2,000 yards with 22 touchdowns for the FCS school, and he showed the ability to run hard and make quick cuts up the field. He would fit perfectly in Kelly's offense, and he is very likely to get a chance to show what he can do.

If one of the top players gets hurt, the Eagles will be glad they signed the unheralded rookie.


Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Buffalo Bills

Based on pure talent, Da'Rick Rogers should have been taken in the first three rounds of the NFL draft. He totaled 1,040 receiving yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore at Tennessee in 2011 and showed off his impressive athleticism at the scouting combine.

Unfortunately, he was suspended from his original school when he failed drug tests and eventually transferred to Tennessee Tech.

It is not surprising that this hurt his stock to the point that he was completely undrafted, but he has a real opportunity at redemption with the Bills.

Buffalo had very little production from its wideouts last season with the exception of Stevie Johnson. Donald Jones was the only other receiver to total more than 400 yards, and he is in New England now. This leaves plenty of opportunities for rookies to come in and play right away.

Even though the Bills drafted Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, Rogers will still get a chance to show what he can do. If he stays out of trouble, he can be very productive in the NFL.